Canada mulls the move to true la carte TV

Michelle Clancy | 15-10-2013

Canada's Industry Minister has said that the incoming Conservative Government will work with the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission regulators to require cable and satellite operators to implement la carte TV packaging, where consumers can choose what channels they want in their cable tier.

"We don't think it's right for Canadians to have to pay for bundled television channels that they don't watch. We want to unbundle television channels and allow Canadians to pick and pay for the specific television channels that they want," Industry Minister James Moore said, speaking on CTV's Question Period.

Many parts of Canada already offer micro-bundles, so consumers start with a basic TV offering and can add on small groups of cable networks.

Moore said that Canada's incoming Government is mulling other moves aimed at consumer relief. "We also think that roaming fees are too high in this country. We know that there's going to be a new regime put in place in the first week of December to cap international roaming fees, but we also want to move on domestic roaming fees as well," he said. "These are things ... on which our Government is going to take action."